Advances in Biochemistry
Volume 4, Issue 2, April 2016, Pages: 16-20

Phytochemical Screening, Tyrosinase Inhibitory Effects and Kinetics of Cam Wood Dye Extracts

David Morakinyo Sanni*, Oluwasegun Victor Omotoyinbo

Department of Biochemistry, Federal University of Technology, Akure, Ondo State, Nigeria

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Sanni David Morakinyo, Omotoyinbo Oluwasegun Victor. Phytochemical Screening, Tyrosinase Inhibitory Effects and Kinetics of Cam Wood Dye Extracts. Advances in Biochemistry. Vol. 4, No. 2, 2016, pp. 16-20. doi: 10.11648/j.ab.20160402.12

Received: February 5, 2016; Accepted: February 18, 2016; Published: April 28, 2016

Abstract: Tyrosinase is a key enzyme in melanin biosynthesis, as it catalyzes the oxidation of o-diphenols to o-quinones. Cam wood dye was extracted using methanol, acetone and dichloromethane; while extracts obtained were screened for Phytochemicals as well as their tyrosinase inhibitory effects and kinetic studies. Phytochemical screening of the three extracts showed the presence of total phlobatanins in all extracts except methanolic which had minute presence. Cardiac glycosides and flavonoids were also observed in the dichloromethane extracts and methanolic extract respectively. The methanolic extracts had best enzyme inhibition (84.1%) at highest concentration considered of 400µg/ml as compared to the dichloromethane and acetone extracts with peak values of 58.5 and 51.5% respectively. The enzyme kinetics analysis of substrate showed same inhibition type for three extracts which was non-competitive and its mechanism irreversible. The Michealis-Mentens constants for the three extracts were determined to be 0.344, 0.355 and 0.214mM, for acetone, dichloromethane and methanolic extracts respectively while the values of Vmax/Km shows inhibiting extracts followed the order: methanol extract > acetone extract > dichloromethame extract. The result therefore showed that methanolic extracts of Cam wood dye was the most effective in tyrosinase inhibition.

Keywords: Cam Wood Dye, Tyrosinase, Inhibition, Phytochemicals

1. Introduction

Plants have been identified and used throughout human history. Plants have the ability to synthesize a wide variety of chemical compounds as part of their normal metabolic activities, these compounds are used to perform important biological functions, and to defend against attack from predators such as insects, fungi and herbivorous mammals [1]. Phytochemicals are large group of plant derived compounds hypothesize to be responsible for much of the disease protection conferred from diets. These phytochemicals are divided into primary metabolites such as sugars and fats, which are found in all plants; and secondary metabolites; compounds which are found in a smaller range of plants, serving a more specific function [2].

Tyrosinase (EC is a copper-containing enzyme present in plant and animal tissues that catalyzes the production of melanin and other pigments from tyrosine by oxidation [3, 4]. Tyrosinase is found inside melanosomes it is encoded by the TYR gene [5]. It is mainly involved in two distinct reactions of melanin synthesis (melanogenesis); firstly, the hydroxylation of a monophenol and secondly, the conversion of an o-diphenol to the corresponding o-quinone. O-Quinone then undergoes several reactions to eventually form melanin [6]. Hence, the pigmentation, spots, freckles, found on the skin are generally considered to be caused as a result of the melanin production enhanced by the activated melanocyte present in the skin due to the stimulation from skin exposure to ultraviolet ray, hormonal imbalance and genetic factors.

Traditional herbal medicines provide an interesting, largely unexplored source for development of potential new drugs. The potential use of traditional herbal medicines for development of new skin-care cosmetics has been emphasized recently [7]. It is of great interest to know whether preparations used cosmetically in folk medicines have activities that might be useful in modern formulations. The aim of this study is to screen for the tyrosinase inhibitory activity of the methanol, acetone and dichloromethane extracts of Cam wood dye. Commercially available tyrosinase inhibitors are mainly chemical and fungal derived skin-lightening agents that have been proven to have chronic mutagenic and cytotoxic effects on humans [8]. Therefore evaluation and identification of tyrosinase inhibitors with potent activities and lower side effects from natural products would be the safest alternative possible.

2. Materials and Method

2.1. Plant Collection and Extraction

The Cam wood dye was gotten from Idanre town, Ondo state alongside other parts of the tree plant for authentication. Thereafter 5g of sample was dissolved in 25 ml of the three solvents considered; that is methanol (MeOH), acetone and dichloromethane (DCM). They were incubated at 50°C with continuous agitation for 5 hours in a shaking-water bath. The solvent were removed and replaced with an equal volume of solvent and the procedure repeated two more times. The extracts obtained were filtered using whatmann filter paper while the clear filtrate was placed in fume cupboard for solvents to evaporate and in obtaining dry extracts.

2.2. Phytochemical Screening

Qualitative analysis of the crude extracts was carried out as described previously [9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14] to identify the presence of secondary metabolites (alkaloids, anthraquinones, flavonoids, tannins, saponins, phenol, glycosides, cardiac glycosides and steroids). The detail procedures involved in the phytochemical screening are as described by Ushie and Adamu [15].

2.3. Tyrosinase Inhibition Assay

Extracts/purified compounds were dissolved in dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) to a final concentration of 20 mg/ml. This extract stock solution was then diluted to 600 μg/ml in 50 mM potassium phosphate buffer (pH 6.5). Kojic acid were used as positive controls. 700 μl of each sample solution of different concentrations (3.1–400 μg/ml) were combined with 300 μl of tyrosinase (50 Units/ml in phosphate buffer, pH 6.5) in triplicate inside test-tubes. After incubation at room temperature for 5min, 1.1 ml of substrate (12mM L-DOPA) were added to each well. Final concentrations of the extract were 3.1, 6.2, 12.5, 25, 50, 100, 200 and 400 μg/ml. Final concentrations of pure compound and positive control were 1.5, 3.1, 6.2, 12.5, 25, 50, 100 and 200 μg/ml. Test-tubes were incubated for 30 min at room temperature, after which optical densities of the test mixtures were then determined at 492 nm using visible spectrophotometer.

The percentage tyrosinase inhibition was calculated as follows:

A1= Acontrol i.e. Abs of test with L-DOPA but no sample

A2= Blank i.e. Abs of test with no sample or L-DOPA

A3= Asample i.e. Abs of test with sample and L-DOPA

A4= Abs before adding substrate i.e. L-DOPA

The extent of inhibition by the addition of the sample was expressed as the percentage inhibition and the initial velocity was plotted against substrate concentration.

The inhibition mechanism of different concentrations (25 µg/ml, 50 µg/ml, 100µg/ml, 200 µg/ml and 400 µg/ml) plant extracts on enzyme activity to plot their activity against effectors concentration. 0.1 ml of the different concentration of extracts were mixed with 2.8 ml of reaction solution (consisting of 12 mM L-DOPA in 50 mM sodium phosphate buffer, pH 6.5). Then, a portion of 100 µl of enzyme solution was added into this mixture and we determined the residual activity at 30°C. In the activity assay system, substrates concentration (2.5, 5.0, 7.5, 10.0, 12.0) mM was changed to determine the enzymatic oxidation initial velocity. According to Michaelis-Menten kinetics, plots of Lineweaver-Burk were made to estimate the kinetic parameters (Km and Vmax).

3. Results and Discussion

Table 1. Phytochemical screening of Cam wood dye extracts.

BA – – – – – – – – – – + +
BB – – – – – – + + – – + +
BC – – – – + + – – – – +

– – = Absent (+ +) = presence (+) = slightly present

BA= Acetone extract, BB= DCM extract, BC= MeOH extract

Phytochemical screening of acetone extract of Cam wood dye as observed from Table 1 showed the presence of phlobatannins, while the dichloromethane extract has phlobatannins and cardiac glycosides. This Cardiac glycosides present in the dichloromethane extract of Cam wood dye might make the plant useful therapeutically primarily in the treatment of cardiac failure. The methanol extract contains total flavonoids and a minute presence of phlobatannins, as compared with some other plants like strawberries, apples, onions, almonds, etc. that contains flavonoids [16]. Some of the phytochemicals that are present in this dye may have compounds similar to some already known tyrosinase inhibitors as previously [17]; examples include hydroquinone which contains flavonoids and arbutin which also are made up of glucosides. Hence this can contribute to the dyes extract tyrosinase inhibitory properties.

Under the conditions employed in this present investigation, the oxidation reaction of L-DOPA by mushroom tyrosinase followed Michaelis-Menten kinetics.

Figure 1. Tyrosinase inhibition of Cam wood dye extracted by three solvents; Acetone, DCM and MeOH.

The results obtained for inhibition of tyrosinase indicates that the three plant extract of Cam wood has inhibitory effect above 50% at different concentrations. Michealis Menten plot from Figure 1 indicates that acetone extract had 50% inhibition (50.91%) of tyrosinase at concentration of 100 µg/ml of extract, the dichloromethane extract had its own 50% inhibition with a value of (55.46%) at 25 µg/ml which is higher than that of acetone extract while the methanol extract has its own 50% tyrosinase inhibition (60.05%) at a concentration of 6.2 µg/ml. The methanolic extract therefore showed the best inhibition of mushroom tyrosinase. This result observed confirms similar findings on tyrosinase inhibition of some spices: Black pepper 58.20%, Caraway 58.3%, and Turmeric 88.56%, which showed more than 50% inhibition.

Tyrosinase inhibitory activities of the acetonic, dichloromethane and methanolic extracts from Cam wood dye increased with increasing concentration. At 3.1 to 400 µg/ml the tyrosinase inhibition of acetone, dichloromethane and methanolic extract ranged from 15.49 to 51.52, 19.88 to 58.62% and 49.13 to 84.1%, respectively. These results indicate that methanolic extract showed good activities, while acetone and dichloromethane extracts showed moderate activities at the concentrations tested. However, at 1.5 to 200 µg/ml kojic acid showed excellent tyrosinase inhibitory activity of 2.53 to 83.48%. The inhibition of tyrosinase might depend on the hydroxyl groups of the phenolic compounds of the mushroom tyrosinase that could form a hydrogen bond to the active site of the enzyme, leading to a lower enzymatic activity. Baek et al., [18] earlier suggested that some tyrosinase inhibitors acts through hydroxyl group that bind to the active site on tyrosinase, resulting to steric hindrance or change in conformation.

Kojic acid at the concentration of 200 µg/ml has its highest anti-tyrosinase activity (83.48%) when compared with the three extracts of Cam wood dye, however acetone, dichloromethane and methanol extract has 50%, 68% and 77% respectively at thesame inhibitor concentration. The methanolic extract has the highest inhibitory activity at 200µg/ml of 77.12%, however, this makes it the closest to the inhibitory activity of kojic acid (83.43%).




Figure 2. Lineweaver-Burk for the inhibitionn of Cam wood dye (a) acetone extract (b) dichloromethane extract (c) methanol extract on the oxidation of L-DOPA by mushroom tyrosinase with concentration of extract shown in curves 1 – 5 being 2.5 mM, 5 mM, 7.5 mM, 10mM and 12 mM.

Cam wood dye extract showed Noncompetitive Inhibitory type on the Diphenolase Activity as shown in figure 2 for acetone (a), dichloromethane (b) and methanol (c) extract respectively; the Lineweaver-Burk plots of 1/ν versus 1/[S] give a family of lines with different slope and intersect one another on the X-axis, indicating that all the Cam wood dye extract were a noncompetitive inhibitor of diphenolase [19]. This inhibitor binds to another site on the enzyme and inactivates the enzyme molecule. This effectively reduces the [E]tot available for catalysis. Since Vmax is proportional to [E]tot, Vmax is reduced. While the remaining active enzyme molecules are unaltered, Km is unchanged.




Figure 3. Determination of inhibitory mechanism of Cam wood dye (a) acetone extract, (b) dichloromethane extract, (c) methanol extract, on mushroom tyrosinase. Where A = 400 µg/ml, B = 200 µg/ml, C = 100 µg/ml, D = 50 µg/ml and E = 25 µg/ml of extract.

Cam wood dye extract was also used as an effector on the activity of mushroom tyrosinase for the oxidation of L-DOPA as seen in figure 3. The plots of the remaining enzyme activity versus the concentrations of enzyme in the presence of different concentrations of Cam wood dye extracts gave a family of straight lines, which all passed through the origin, indicating that that inhibition of these extracts on the diphenolase had the slope of the lines markedly increased with increasing concentration of all the extracts hence depicting an irreversible reaction course. The presence of Cam wood dye extract did not bring down the amount of the efficient enzyme, but just resulted in the descending of the activity of the enzyme [20].

Table 2. The kinetic parameters of mushroom tyrosinase for the oxidation of L-DOPA.

Substrates Km (mM) Vmax (µM/min) Vmax/Km (10-3 min-1)
acetone extract 0.344 1.436 ± 0.316 4.17 ± 0.918
dichloromethane extract 0.355 1.413 ± 0.347 3.99 ± 0.978
methanolic extract 0.214 0.993 ± 0.269 4.64 ± 1.257

The order of km values for the three extracts studied were as follow; dichloromethane extract > acetone extract > methanolic extract, and the minimum value for dichloromethane extract was 0.335mM. In addition Vmax values indicate that acetone and methanol are catalyse by enzymes at maximum and minimum rates (1.436± 0.316 and 0.993 ± 0.269 µM/min) respectively. The calculated values of Vmax /Km show the specificity of substrates towards mushroom tyrosinase. As seen in table 2 the order of Vmax/Km values for the four substrates was as follows: methanol extract > acetone extract > dichloromethane extracts.

4. Conclusion

The findings in this study provides scientific basis to promote value-adding of Cam wood dye for pharmaceutical and cosmetic purposes, because of the strong anti-tyrosinase activities of its methanolic extracts.


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